Lloyds axes 350 call centre staff

MORE than 350 jobs are being axed at a Lloyds Banking Group call centre in Brighton, taking the bank&rsquo;s total staff reduction plan to 15,000.<br /><br />In the latest plans for job cuts, Lloyds said it was planning to close its Sussex House contact centre in May next year and transfer work to other sites around the UK.<br /><br />The bank added that the change would hit 535 people, 162 of whom would be redistributed &ndash; leaving 373 staff without a job. <br /><br />&ldquo;As part of our integration process we have reviewed our contact centre sites to ensure that we are operating in the best possible way,&rdquo; said David Nicholson, managing director of direct channels at Lloyds Banking Group.<br /><br />But the Unite union said: &ldquo;The result of this plan is that in just three weeks 580 Lloyds employees have lost their jobs in this small geographical region.&rdquo;&nbsp; <br /><br />&ldquo;Unite is alarmed about the consequence of this strategy by the Lloyds Banking Group. There have been in excess of 15,000 job losses announced since the formation of this organisation.&rdquo;<br /><br />The move comes a week after Lloyds launched the biggest cash call the City has ever seen with its long-awaited &pound;13.5bn rights issue, offering new shares to investors at a deep discount of almost 60 per cent.